Photos: 'This Protest Is Real News' & Other Favorite Signs From 'Not My President's Day'
By aaroncynic in News on Feb 20, 2017 9:35PM
Hundreds gathered at noon across the river from President Donald Trump’s monument to his own ego for a protest demonstrators dubbed “not my President’s Day,” to call out the man for policies they say target marginalized communities.
“As human beings it is our job to stand up and fight back when we believe something is wrong,” said a protester named Artemis. “As our grandparents and parents fought for the right for us to speak and to vote, we would do a disservice to them to have the ability to make change and decide not to.”
Demonstrators, who have organized protests around the country for the past two days on the one month anniversary of Trump’s inauguration, say that the president’s policies have already done and will continue to do considerable damage to marginalized communities in the United States.
“When he and his minions decided to put forth an unconstitutional ban on Muslims entering the United States, we went to court and were able to stop it,” Ed Yohnka, of the Illinois American Civil Liberties Union, told the crowd. “Together, we can beat back the worst policies of this administration. We can ensure that women have access to health care, that we continue to welcomer refugees into this country, create a sane, loving and sensible immigration policy, policing policies that treat everyone equally and we treat our LGBT brothers and sisters as though they’re human beings.”
The demonstration is expected to continue through the early evening.